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Lei Lady Lei: Lei maker Leilani Kanaauano Huggins - Easy ReaderTuesday, August 15, 2017
Palapalai from his home in Hilo. Her cousins’ neighbor gave her highly coveted, yellow Oahu Mamo Lehuas. Huggins found purple Anthuriums at a farmers market in Honolulu. From her godfather’s home in Torrance, she had brought over purple Stathis and Oregon moss.At her uncle’s suggestion, Huggins planned to enter an a’i lei in the beginners division. Her lei would have nine different flowers and ferns, including the Palapalai from Hilo and Oregon moss from Torrance.She also planned to enter an a’i lei in the silver and white division. But her uncle didn’t like the flowers she had gathered and suggested, instead, that she enter the more prestigious red and pink division. In deference to her uncle, a third generation leis maker and veteran of many May Day Lei Celebrations, she followed his advice. But she didn’t have any pink and red flowers. “So I had to scramble all over the island on Saturday to find pink Clerodendrum and Bougainvillea and red Lehua ula ula and Ohi’a,” she said.Lei ribbons from the May Day Lei Competition. Photo by John EnglishThat was the reason she was just finishing her first two leis at 3 a.m Monday morning.For the papale lei Huggins’ sister then insisted she make and offered to work with her on through the the night, Huggins interwove purple Statice she had bought at the LA Flower Mart and the purple Anthuriums from the Honolulu farmers market with the yellow Moas from her uncle and the yellow Mamo Lehuas from the Maunalani neighbors. “I paint and from studying art at El Camino I know the color wheel and that helps in my designs. Plus, I’m a Laker fan. And those were the only flowers I had left,” she said. Purple and Yellow are complementary colors. Uncle Moses showed her how to conceal the required, two-inch loop so when her leis hung the judges would see only flowers.At 7 a.m. Monday morning, Huggins joined a line of hundreds of fellow lei makers at Queen Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Their leis soon filled an exhibition area the size of a football field.“It was intimidating,” she said. Huggins had saved for a year to pay for the trip and had no expectations of winning a ribbon. “I just went for the experience,” she said. Shortly after noon, the lei makers and public were invited into the exhibition area. The judges’ top three selections in each division hung at the front of the hundreds of other entries. The blue, red and white ribbons, representing first, second and third places, were as long as the leis.Huggins and her family rushed first to the beginners competition area. A blue ribbon hung next to her green and brown lei. The California Girl, as she quickly became known as, was the first mainlander in the 90 year history of the May Day Lei Competition to win a blue ribbon. Huggins student Shimamoto placed second.Then, she and her family went to the red and pink competition area. A red ribbon hung next to her lei. Huggins hugged her uncle.The anxiety she had felt in line that morning, when she questioned if she was good enough even to enter the prestigious competition, had given way to euphoria. “I just wanted to make my family proud. I wanted them to know that even though I had moved away, I was still a Hawaiian,” Huggins said.The euphoria remained with Huggins all the way across the field to the papale lei exhibition area. Then she burst into tears. A blue ribbon hung next to her purple and yellow lei her sister had convinced her to make. A red ribbon hung next...
Learn how to make your own flower arrangements at these classes in LA - Time Out Los Angeles (blog)Tuesday, March 28, 2017
They also offer a Wednesday night wedding series workshop where you can learn to make centerpieces, table accents, bouquets and boutonnieres. 2675 Skypark Dr, Torrance. $85 per classLos Angeles City College: If one day isn't going to do it for you, LACC offers a series of three to five classes. Learn the basics of wedding, holiday and special occasion arrangement during Floral Design I and II, or take Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement, where you'll be taught the Japanese-style of flower arranging. 855 N Vermont Ave. $105-155 per seriesBloom & Plume: For a private experience, Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume will teach you and a group of 5-15 people the ins and outs of creating one of his abundant and colorful arrangements. $150 per person.Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
2018 Best Florist: Lucky FlowersTuesday, June 19, 2018
These days, the petal pros now offer same-day delivery in the Tri-Cities area. The florists at Lucky Flowers strive to give each bouquet an artistic element, implanting color and texture to give each piece a spirited, vibrant appearance. Lucky Flowers offers a wide variety of seasonal blooms, including rare, harder-to-find flowers, and its commitment to stocking the freshest flowers means that bouquets stay healthy and sweet smelling longer. In addition to specialty bouquets for all occasions, Lucky Flowers has a unique and fun assortment of gifts in its shop, including chocolates, gift cards, bath and body products, and even a little bubbly to make your delivery extra exciting. 1. Lucky Flowers 6827 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick ... http://www.tri-cityherald.com/customer-service/faq/readers-choice/article212545099.html
Bergen florists for wedding bouquets and flowers to inspire your big dayTuesday, June 19, 2018
Whether your wedding is traditional, modern, classic or even rustic, flowers add romance. With the help of five local florists, find the right bouquet to inspire your wedding day. Decor Galore Maricela Bermudez, owner and designer This stunning design of traditional hand-tied, garden-style bridal bouquet features a spring mix of roses, ranunculus, anemones, parrot tulips and hellebores in a soft pink, peach, coral palette with accents of garnet. The bouquet is highlighted with a mix of greens including eucalyptus and spirea, finished with a peach and coral double-sided satin ribbon. “I was inspired by the colors and textures of our spring garden and the continuing trend towards wider and more asymmetrical designs we are seeing from all the major design firms,” says designer Maricela Bermudez. Go: 116 Broadway, Woodcliff Lake; 201-483-8873; decorgalore.us The story continues below the gallery. ... https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/home-garden/2018/06/12/wedding-florist-bouquets-bergen-nj/468816002/
Gypsophila Helps Ecuador Lead the Way in Flower Exports to ChinaTuesday, June 19, 2018
Yánez. "You can give somebody 10 or 15 stems of gypsophila and it's already a flower arrangement. Whereas in other countries it is usually used a filler flower."Gypsophila on display at a florist in an upscale shopping mall in Shanghai"The China market is totally different to all other markets," says Alejandra García Olivo, Global Purchasing Director at Mimame, which imports and distributes Ecuadorean roses and gypsophila in China. According to Olivo, other markets remain relatively stable in terms of demands for certain shapes, colors and other characteristics, "but China is all about new. New varieties, new colors, anything new."The only exception is white, which remains a somewhat less popular color because white flowers have traditionally been used in China only at funerals in China. Therefore, much of the exports of Ecuadorian gypsophila has been naturally green varieties or tinted gypsophila.China's well-developed internet and social networking culture helped fan the flames of the gypsophila phenomenon and spread it from first tier cities into second and third tier cities, says Sky Liu, owner of Spring Florist, a high-end florist with four retail locations in Shanghai.So far, Ecuador has benefited from China's low domestic gypsophila production. And even if domestic production does pick up, it is likely that Ecuador will maintain an edge in quality. Yánez reports that farmers in Ecuador are already increasing their gypsophila plantings based on projections of continued growth in demand from China.More exports of premium agricultural products such as flowers may be one way for Ecuador to close its trade gap with China, the largest among its trading partners. "In two years China and Ecuador will celebrate 40 years of very positive relations," says Karina Morales Herrera, Consul General for Ecuador in Shanghai, who notes that Ecuador is a leader in social responsibility, gender equality and fair trade in the flower industry. "We are developing a mutually beneficial relationship with China. China is willing to open the door for high quality Ecuadorian products. It's not easy, but over... http://www.producereport.com/article/gypsophila-helps-ecuador-lead-way-flower-exports-china
Victoria wins silver medal at ChelseaTuesday, June 19, 2018
Victoria, who works in her mum's flower studio Flowers by Ann in Carrickmacross, was the only entrant from the Irish Republic in the Young Florist of the Year competition.'Spring Wedding' was the theme for this year's competition and the florists were asked to create a floral wedding throne. One of the conditions was that 2/3 of the finished design had to be fresh flower and/or plant material.For her entry, Victoria created a beautiful fairytale-like throne from silver birch, decorated with pink and purple flowers.'We got the brief in March and I started working on it then,' said Victoria. 'Once I had decided on the silver birch frame for the throne, I went for a wildflower, fairytale look, and colours all came about quite easily.'Victoria drove to Chelsea and back as she said it was the only way of transporting her entry.'I went over on the Friday and had to set up in exhibition by Sunday May 21st.'She was interviewed by Joe Swift of Gardeners World fame and also saw the Queen as Her Majesty enjoyed a private viewing of the 105th RHS Chelsea Garden show.Victoria confesses that it was 'quite a shock' when she learned she... https://www.independent.ie/regionals/argus/news/victoria-wins-silver-medal-at-chelsea-36953705.html
'I was nervous, but it all flowed': Royal wedding florist opens up about working with Harry and Meghan - and reveals ...Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I was nervous, but it all flowed': Royal wedding florist opens up about working with Harry and Meghan - and reveals how Meghan's bouquet was created 'at the last moment'Philippa Craddock made floral displays for Harry and Meghan's wedding in May Chelsea-based florist was nervous after getting a call to meet the coupleHad sample bouquets made up but pulled Meghan's together spontaneously By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline Published: 16:03 BST, 11 June 2018 Updated: 17:08 BST, 11 June 2018 Royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock has revealed the surprising spontaneity behind the lavish floral displays and bouquet she created for the big day. Speaking to the Sunday Times Style magazine, the society favourite admitted that Meghan's bouquet had been pulled together 'at the last moment'. The Chelsea-based florist, known for her work with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Dior and Vogue had a meeting with the couple beforehand to discuss ideas after they spotted her previous work.'Of course I was nervous, but a... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5829993/Royal-wedding-florist-reveals-Meghans-bouquet-created-moment.html